Salt Spring South End Route

Boat at sunset off the coast of Salt Spring Island

(John Cameron/Salt Spring Island Tourism photo)

Salt Spring Island

Art Galleries & Artists

Glass artwork (Danielle Hayes photo)

Glass artwork (Danielle Hayes photo)

Salt Spring is internationally recognized for its gifted population of artists and artisans, among them such renowned names as Robert Bateman, Carol Evans and Jill Louise Campbell.

Painters, potters, woodworkers, jewellers, textile artists, fine-art photographers, basket makers and clothing designers abound. Such is Salt Spring's wealth of talent that Coastal Living magazine named the island the top "small arts town in Canada" and one of the top ten such arts colonies in North America.

Studio Tours

Drop into the Visitor Centre in Ganges for an annually updated studio tour map. Then follow the signposts marked by a single sheep to 30-plus home-based studios scattered around the island. Most maintain regular hours during peak (July/August) and shoulder (May/June/September) seasons; all are open by appointment year-round. It's a great way to explore the island, step into some genuinely quaint and charming private homes and meet friendly creatives on their own turf.

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Western Splendour Tour Company - Salt Spring Island

1707 Fulford-Ganges Rd
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
V8K 2A5

Join our local guides in a small group setting for a unique tour of Salt Spring's best attractions. We offer a range of tour packages that involve: guided nature walks and hikes for all levels, gourmet picnics at scenic viewpoints, the Saturday Market, stop-offs at local artists' studios and galleries, cheesemakers, vineyards, breweries, and farms, walking tours of Ganges, fishing and crabbing expeditions, family friendly tours, and many other highlights on and off the beaten track. Let our local guides show you their Salt Spring.

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